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February 27, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel
A psychology professor accused of setting up the 1995 slaying of a man she said had raped her has been ordered to stand trial in Orange County. Norma Patricia Esparza , who grew up in Santa Ana and went on to become a respected professor in Europe, was arrested in the 19-year-old case in 2012 but had been free on bail and living in Europe where she was teaching in Geneva, when a judge revoked the bail last year. Esparza is accused of helping set up the slaying of a man she said raped her when she was a college sophomore.
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February 27, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
Detectives are searching for witnesses and suspects in a possible gang-related shooting death of a man in a South L.A. yard Wednesday evening. The man, described only as being in is his 40s, was fatally shot in the 10400 block of South Broadway Avenue at about 6:40 p.m., said LAPD Officer Bruce Borihanh. The man suffered at least one gunshot wound and was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. With no known witnesses to the Broadway-Manchester shooting, Borihanh said, detectives don't have any descriptions of possible suspects.
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February 26, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's volunteer search and rescue team helped canvas neighborhoods around UC Santa Barbara on Tuesday to help find information after a female student was gang raped. “We're looking at all potential areas in the immediate vicinity,” said department spokeswoman Kelly Hoover. Isla Vista, the unincorporated community next to UCSB where the gang rape occurred, is slightly larger than half a square mile but has some 23,000 residents. “It's very dense,” Hoover said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 2014 | By Rick Rojas
PALM SPRINGS -- She loomed over a bustling corner in downtown, a re-creation of Marilyn Monroe in that classic pose, standing 26 feet tall. The statue had been there for just under two years, but it had become such a draw that some came to think she'd be there forever. But the statue - "Forever Marilyn," the work of sculptor Seward Johnson - is moving on. "She will be, in my opinion, missed immensely," said Aftab Dada, chairman of PS Resorts, the collective of Palm Springs hotels responsible for bringing the statue here, setting her up on an empty corner along a strand of shops and restaurants.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
Just hours before a UC Santa Barbara woman was gang raped near campus, a city college student reported being sexually assaulted in the area, an official said Tuesday. The first incident occurred Saturday night and was reported by a Santa Barbara City College student who said she was attacked by an unidentified man, said Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Kelly Hoover. Authorities said it was unclear if the rape was connected to an incident hours later, when a 19-year-old UC Santa Barbara student was gang raped by three men as she walked toward apartments in Isla Vista.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 24, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
The gang rape of a UC Santa Barbara student was the second near campus in two months, and university police ramped up patrols in the area in response, authorities said Monday. The 19-year-old woman was beaten and raped by three men sometime between 12:30 and 4 a.m. Sunday in Isla Vista, a densely populated unincorporated community next to campus. The woman went home and reported the rape to her roommate and authorities. Sheriff's deputies searched the area but did not made any arrests.
TRAVEL
February 21, 2014 | By Ryan Ritchie
With a population of about 1,500, the 2-square-mile town of Summerland, Calif., epitomizes the cliché "Blink and you'll miss it. " Do your best not to blink as you drive through because this sleepy beach community six miles from Santa Barbara is home to an array of mom-and-pop antiques shops, a handful of local eateries and the sorts of views that make you want to do the good kind of nothing all day. The tab: a king bed at the Inn on Summer Hill begins...
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February 18, 2014 | Steve Chawkins
Mary Grace Canfield, a character actress best known as part of the daffy Ralph-and-Alf brother-sister carpenter team on the TV comedy "Green Acres," died Saturday in a Santa Barbara hospice. She was 89. The cause was lung cancer, her daughter Phoebe Alexiades said. On "Green Acres," Canfield was Ralph Monroe, who, with her brother Alf, was perennially working on the bedroom of a city slicker couple (Eddie Albert and Eva Gabor) at their newly acquired farm near Hooterville. She was a down-home gal in bib overalls and a white painter's cap worn backward, a funny, plain-spoken woman doing "man's work" before feminism made the term quaint.
NEWS
February 12, 2014 | By S. Irene Virbila
Last year, on a beautiful afternoon, I drove up north for the Santa Barbara Wine Futures Tasting in the courtyard next to the then brand new Les Marchands Wine Bar & Merchant. As wine events go, this one was terrific -- low-key, not too crowded, excellent wines and the chance to meet and talk to the winemakers. This year, they're doing it again on Saturday, April 19, with more than 50 local wineries pouring futures, i.e., wines that haven't been released yet. Not only do you get to taste the unreleased wines and get a quick sketch of the vintage, you can buy the wines at 20% off retail.
NEWS
February 12, 2014 | By S. Irene Virbila
Tickets have just gone on sale for “ The 2nd Annual Garagiste Festival: Southern Exposure ,” returning to Solvang's Veterans Memorial Hall March 29 and 30. And if things go anywhere near like last year, they won't last long. An offshoot of the original Garagiste Festival held in Paso Robles in November, this one ferrets out cutting-edge, small-scale wine producers from the Santa Ynez Valley and Santa Barbara County. Last year's Southern Exposure was a sellout. And at $50 per ticket, it's still pretty inexpensive for such a wildly exuberant and fun wine event.
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